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Folklore & Mythology: Background Sources

Folkloristics, the study of Folklore, is the study of human expressive culture, and includes myths, legends, folk- and fairy-tales, jokes, proverbs, jump-rope rhymes, material culture, and much more.

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Encyclopedias and specialized dictionaries can provide explanations of folkloristic terms and theories, regional overviews of folklore, synopses of specific tales, artifacts and beliefs, and other information that can help you find additional resources. Handbooks and companions have longer articles providing more detailed information that can serve as a literature review and a summary of the state of scholarship on a topic.

To find additional encyclopedias, search UW Libraries Search for your broad topic followed by the term encyclopedias. For example: africa folklore encyclopedias. Also search for folklore topics in these three collections of encyclopedias: Gale EbooksOxford Reference Online & Oxford Research Encyclopedias.

Encyclopedias: Related Subjects

Handbooks & Companions

Very Short Introductions